Restaurant promotion and new event – The Vintner’s Experience –will celebrate 10th anniversary of the Lehigh Valley AVA.

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA – April 16, 2018  – The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Lehigh Valley American Viticultural Area in 2018 with a brand new event and restaurant partnership promotion to encourage wine lovers to buy and drink local wine in June.

Lehigh Valley Wine Trail Month will take place throughout June and features two components:

  • The Vintner’s Experience features unique experiences at each of the trail’s eight member wineries on weekends which will expose customers to the wine making process in a fun and educational way. One $25 ticket gets customers into all 8 experiences, or as many of the 8 as they wish to attend. They are allowed to attend each winery’s experience once. A list of experiences with descriptions follows and can also be found on the event web site. Each winery’s experience is offered once each weekend in June, so customers have four times during June to attend it.
  • A month-long partnership with 20 local restaurants will also encourage wine lovers to drink local in June. Each partner restaurant will feature local wines on their menus, some will serve special wine cocktails, and others will offer discounts on local wine by the glass.

To purchase tickets, customers should visit the event web site – www.LehighValleyWineTrailMonth.com – to be directed to ticket sales on EventBrite. After purchasing tickets, customers are taken to the Sched web site where they will create their own custom schedule of Experiences they plan to attend. One ticket gets a customer into each of the eight experiences one time.

The Lehigh Valley AVA is a federal designation that officially recognizes the region for grape growing and wine making. In 2008 the members of the wine trail worked together to formally apply for the AVA designation from the federal government. Wineries whose wines are made from grapes grown within the region are permitted to put “Lehigh Valley” on their labels as the source of origin. Lehigh Valley Wine Trail Month is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Winery Association in Harrisburg.

Get more information on the event, review the list of partner restaurants, and purchase tickets to The Vintner’s Experience at www.LehighValleyWineTrailMonth.com.

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a non-profit organization of wineries whose mission is to promote agri-tourism and to create a premiere wine destination and grape growing region while promoting Pennsylvania wines from the region. For more information, visit www.LehighValleyWineTrail.com.

The Vintner’s Experience by the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail

Amoré Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth 

Amore will conduct wine tasting and tours of the vineyards and winery lead by Dr. Gregg Amore, owner and wine maker. The experience will consist of a tour of the vineyards with an explanation of the year round, grape growing process. We will return to the winery to discuss fall grape harvest, fermentation, wine processing, and bottling. The tour will end with wine tasting of Cabaret Amore and Cabaret Dolce and food pairing, which will be prepared by Sodexo Food Service.

Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli

The New Tripoli winery invites wine lovers to join BMV Owner Joe Greff for an experience in winemaking and viticulture, and for a passionate discussion on all things wine with a guided tour of the winery. Also includes the bottling line and tank room where guests will enjoy a special tasting from the barrels.

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville – Summertime Sippers Class

Join Clover Hill Owner Kari Skrip for a fun and informative Summertime Sippers Class. The class features a welcome sangria and tastes of three summertime wines – Clover Hill Rosé, Pinot Grigio and Riesling – each paired with a cheese. During this class we will discuss sangria making, summertime wine and food pairings, serving temperatures and more. Weather permitting, this class will be held outside. Otherwise it will be held indoors in our special event room.

Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor  – Creative Cocktail Class

Join the most creative winery team out there and learn how they whip-up the most delicious cocktails week after week using FHV wines and Social Still spirits.

This hands-on class is perfect for anyone looking to host a house party, graduation party, wedding or any special event that you want to serve unique cocktails your guests will love.

Each week we’ll teach three different cocktails with tasting time in between. Pick your favorite one, buy the wines in that cocktail, and enjoy a 15% discount.  Snacks included.

Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery, Andreas – Très Rosé – the wine of today!

Trendy, stylish, hip – Rosé is the new cool wine! June 9, 2018 is National Rosé Wine Day, but we’ll be toasting this delicious beauty with a lot of swagger all month long. Start by learning about the three winemaking techniques used to create rosé wines with our expert team. Then taste our three unique expressions of rosé wines paired with a handmade local pasta salad. Featured rosé wines being sampled include Bubbly Rosé, Vinology Rosé, and Zweigelt Rosé.

Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown

Winemaker Brad Knapp will lead a private tasting of the sparkling wines produced at Pinnacle Ridge. The tasting will include an overview of the production process for sparkling wines. Sparkling wine tastings include Brut Rosé, Cuvee Chardonnay, and Blanc de Blanc.

Tolino Vineyards, Bangor

Join Tolino Vineyards for a walking tour of the vineyard with a winemaker. Learn about the vines, soil and various grape varieties and the significance of estate-grown wines.  The tour culminates with a tasting in the vineyard. Enjoy a snack of fresh fruit and cheese paired with Gracie, our newest white wine, next to the vines its grapes were grown on.

After the tour we will head into the tank room to learn about the winemaking process, and guests will be able to experience our wine lab. Learn how a wine lab works and test instruments such as the pH meter and the hydrometer.

Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville – Cellar Experience Blending Trials

All month long passport holders will have a unique opportunity to help us make our next wine. Go behind the scenes and experience the process of how we blend our wines and come up with the final product. Get a chance to blindly sample five wines, take notes, give input, and then have the different blends revealed. This experience is exactly the same as we go through here on a weekly basis, and is a great way to not only experience how local wine is made, but to have a say in the making of a future wine at Vynecrest.


Information Provided By:
Tracey Werner, Blabbermouth Communications

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